Tree Trimming Means Fruitful Year in Londonderry

Mar 03, 2012 No Comments by

Visiting Londonderry this time of year, one might think that the orchard workers have little or nothing to do. No fruit on the trees, no spray work to be done. The mice are all snug under the blanket of snow. The u-pick booths are used for other events while cross-country skiers circle the trees. Pumpkin fields were “put to sleep” with a cover of annual grass that will be plowed under come spring.

Nothing to do except for one thing; trim thousands, tens of thousands, of branches, twigs, limbs, water sprouts and suckers from the apple trees in the orchard. Apple trees do not care for themselves, to see a great example of this drive by the old orchard on the west side of Gilcreast Road across from where the Reverend Morrison house was. The trees become snarled and resemble briers and brambles more than they do the majestic fruit producers we know they can be.

Apples need light and air circulation to grow large and clean skinned. By opening up the tree, these changes will stimulate growth and health of the fruit as it develops later this year.

To view all the film captured on this magical day, visit the Londonderry Hometown Online News Darkroom. Just after a few of the December snowfalls in 2007, Londonderry News ventured out on a tip from another news service to “hunt the light” and ran across these farm workers. That day it was about 5 degrees with a west wind clearly visible in the photos.

Thank you gentlemen, without you we would have no fine Londonderry fall fruit.


About the author

Jacklynn has been a resident in Londonderry since the age of 5. She grew up in a quiet neighborhood and went through the great school system. She has fond memories of bike riding through town in the spring and summer, sledding in the winter, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. She now has children of her own and looks forward to raising them in the same town she enjoyed so much as a youth.
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